Some will debate whether Gary Brabham deserves a place in a Grand Prix Who’s Who as his top flight career lasted for two DNPQ’s in 1990. He came up through the ladder system of Formulae Ford, Three and 3000, where he proved himself a talented hard charger. Unlike other ‘sons of’ Gary was never well backed and tried not to trade off his family connections.
His Formula One ‘break’ came with the hopeless Life team in 1990, an outfit so pitiful that even at full tilt it was some 15 seconds off the pace of its pre-qualifying rivals. Gary lasted two races with the team and even that was probably too long, before throwing in the towel and looking elsewhere. Subsequent success around the world confirmed his talent, and one has to wonder what would have happened had he been given a decent car.